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    PAINT MARKERS - What's good?
    Not Milwaukee.

    Many years ago in my contracting office I put up a 4x8 sheet of bathroom board as a write board. I used it to write down contract jobs, and service tickets so we would keep track of them and get them done.

    It worked great, but in order to keep things straight we needed to put lines on it. I asked one of my guys and long time friend about it and he suggested a paint marker. We picked one up at a local (now closed) education supply store and it worked fantastic. It worked great and lasted for years. In fact it only quit working after it got dropped on the floor and stepped on. I bought a few more and they were ok, but not as good.

    Recently I was thrilled when I walked into my local industrial bolt vendor and saw they had Milwaukee brand paint markers hanging on the wall. I figured i Milwaukee put their name on it they had to be decent. I bought several of them. They may still have paint in them, but after marking only a few pieces of metal they quit working. They are in my opinion total garbage.

    I'm looking for a quality paint marker like that first one I bought many years ago. I use them for marking steel, coloring feather tips on fishing lures, and of course I need to mark some lines on a white board.
    *** I always wanted a welding stinger that looked like the north end of a south bound chicken. Often my welds look like somebody pointed the wrong end of a chicken at the joint and squeezed until something came out. Might as well look the part.

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    Markall BALL paint marker.. https://markal.com/products/ball-paint-marker

    Felt tip any manufacturer is limited life at best.
    Markall BALL type has 1 drawback, it takes time to dry, sort of like ancient dip pens & inkwells

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    • #3
      I've had good results with Sharpie paint markers...

      https://www.amazon.com/Sharpie-37371...s%2C211&sr=8-4
      Regards, Marv

      Home Shop Freeware - Tools for People Who Build Things
      http://www.myvirtualnetwork.com/mklotz

      Location: LA, CA, USA

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      • #4
        Super Met-Al markers, the best I have found-

        https://www.kbctools.com/itemdetail/...ode=1-124-1324
        I just need one more tool,just one!

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        • #5
          I've got a Brite-Mark pen that gets used once in a while that's been in my toolbox for over 20 years now and still works well. I don't even think I got it new. I think I found it on a job site.

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          • #6
            Markal LA-CO JR

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            My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

            https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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            • #7
              I received this message in another group>

              Diagraph GP-X Classic with xylene. I've tried several easier-to-find brands (Dykem, Testors, Markal), but these are hands down the best. The biggest difference is they don't dry out if you don't use them regularly. They're making a less toxic version with the same name and appearance, except the good ones say "xylene" on the label in small print. I bought a box here some time ago after inquiring about the xylene. I'd ask again before buying. https://www.ebay.com/itm/323408911827 The orange seems to be more color fast than yellow, if you want a bright color.
              -- Ned Simmons
              At first I thought $22.50 plus $8 shipping. That's awfully expensive. They better be good. Then I realized the price is for a box of 12. Per marker that's pretty cheap. Even if they didn't last any better than the ones I've tried recently they would last a while if I had a dozen of them. I ordered a box of black and a box of dark green. If I forget remind me in six months or a year and I'll report on how well they worked out.
              *** I always wanted a welding stinger that looked like the north end of a south bound chicken. Often my welds look like somebody pointed the wrong end of a chicken at the joint and squeezed until something came out. Might as well look the part.

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              • #8
                The problem with the felt tipped ones is they dry out. The standard caps do not prevent that. Sharpie has a new style that has a retractable tip, kind of like a ball point pen. I have one that has lasted for several months now, sitting in my desk drawer. I don't know how it works, but I will probably take it apart when it finally runs out of ink, just to see what they did.

                Sharpie Fine Retractable Marker
                Paul A.
                SE Texas

                Make it fit.
                You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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                • #9
                  The diff in some of these pens are the Juice. Some are great inks, some are great paints. And some are very tough. I would go with that one. Even for dirty metal. Give it a wipe with a clean rag and write yer Code on the metal if it will write, all day. And they dont go clogged. The yellow one is 20+ years. Yes, still viable. JR
                  My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

                  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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                  • #10
                    I've had red & black Testor's paint markers in my tool box for over 20 years. Still works! It looks like the Markal posted by JR but with the classic Testor's model paint markings. These paint makers are great for filling in stamped number or letters. Knock the displaced metal down first, clean and paint. Then over-wipe with a lent free cloth. I've made a few knobs like that.

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                    • #11
                      I've had good luck with MarkAll. Steel fabrication, around 35 yrs.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kev74 View Post
                        I've got a Brite-Mark pen that gets used once in a while that's been in my toolbox for over 20 years now and still works well. I don't even think I got it new. I think I found it on a job site.

                        Wow, You sold me, I want one. Looked them up:

                        https://www.amazon.com/s?k=brite+mar...l_9i09u3ykpv_e
                        John Titor, when are you.

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